Our vibrant town of Ashbourne was founded 200 years ago this year. To celebrate this, Ashbourne Historical Society is releasing a stunning new book – Ashbourne, Landscape, Lives and Lore. This wonderful collection of well-researched articles and stories has been edited by historian Barry Kennerk. From our largely hitherto unknown ancient past, including: 4,000 year old burials and prosperous early medieval communities; to Anglo-Norman land confiscations and the Cromwellian effects in this part of Meath; to the enterprising Frederick Bourne, along with marauding highway men, the Land Wars, the successful Battle of Ashbourne in 1916, as well as a tragic air crash and the Big Snow of 1982.
This exciting book explores the evolution of Ashbourne from a small, quiet village to a thriving cosmopolitan centre of East Meath.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have had to delay the physical launch of the book. Although we are disappointed by this, we have decided to pre-release it.
The book will be available from 12th of June in The Bookmark (formerly Easons) & Conway’s Chemist. It will cost €20.
You can also order online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, phone number and how many copies . If purchased online, it will be delivered by our volunteers in the Ashbourne area. If you are outside Ashbourne, it is 10€ P&P in Ireland.
We will be relying on the kindness and support of the community to help us spread the word as much as possible.
Thank you so much to our 80+ contributors in helping us put together the history of our town through wonderful, never before seen photographs, stories & articles.
Thank you to Meath County Council for funding this project.
We hope you enjoy the book!